Keys to Tulsa

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Keys to Tulsa
Keys to tulsa.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Leslie Greif
Produced by Leslie Greif
Harley Peyton
Written by Harley Peyton
Starring Eric Stoltz
James Spader
Deborah Kara Unger
James Coburn
Joanna Going
Michael Rooker
Randy Graff
Mary Tyler Moore
Peter Strauss
Cameron Diaz
Music by Stephen Endelman
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Production
  company
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
ITC Entertainment
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release date(s) April 11, 1997 USA
Running time 113 mins
Language English
Box office $57,252

Keys to Tulsa is a 1997 film directed by Leslie Greif, and starring Eric Stoltz and James Spader. It is based on the novel of the same name by Brian Fair Berkey.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around a perpetual loser named Richter Boudreau (Eric Stoltz). Richter is from a privileged background in Tulsa, Oklahoma and works as a movie reviewer at a local newspaper only because his sour mother Cynthia (Mary Tyler Moore) pulled strings for him to land the job. He is dissatisfied with the direction that his life has taken; he is about to be fired from his job because he can't meet deadlines, lives in a dilapidated farmhouse, does drugs behind the scenes, and is so behind on his bills that his electricity has been cut off.

Richter also owes money to Ronnie Stover (James Spader), an abusive drug dealer. Ronnie is married to Vicky (Deborah Kara Unger), a beautiful woman who was disowned by her socially prominent family for her involvement with Ronnie. Richter is still in love with Vicky despite having ended their relationship years before. Vicky is the sister of Keith (Michael Rooker), a misogynistic alcoholic whose large inheritance fails to soothe his anger, loneliness, and depression. Cherry (Joanna Going) is an exotic dancer from Chicago who buys drugs from Ronnie and gets romantically involved with Richter.

Ronnie plans to blackmail Bedford Shaw (Marco Perella), the son of a socially prominent businessman named Harmon Shaw (James Coburn), after Cherry tells him that Shaw murdered her friend, a stripper/prostitute, in a motel room and that she took photographs. Ronnie attempts to involve Richter by having him hold onto a mysterious black pouch and by exploiting Richter's newspaper connections. Richter wants no part of the blackmail scheme. But he gets in over his head when Keith discovers that Richter has been sleeping with Vicky.

Principal Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Eric Stoltz Richter Boudreau
James Spader Ronnie Stover
Deborah Kara Unger Vicky Michaels Stover
Joanna Going Cherry
Michael Rooker Keith Michaels
Randy Graff Louise Brinkman
Mary Tyler Moore Cynthia Boudreau
James Coburn Harmon Shaw
Peter Strauss Chip Carlson
Cameron Diaz Trudy
Marco Perella Bedford Shaw
Dennis Letts Preston Liddy
Josh Ridgway Billy Boudreau

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